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into the capital under tight security. behind-the-scenes an fbi team is preparing to fly to benghazi to investigate the attack. the compound behind these walls is the major crime scene but any evidence left inside will have been badly contaminated by looters and curious local people who flooded in after the attack. here's what eyewitnesss, officials and libyan commanders in charge that night have told us. sometime around 9:30 p.m. about 70 armed men attacked the consulate's main gates with guns and heavy weapons. they then stormed in, overwhelming local and american security. with all four buildings on fire the libyan government ordered a local militia to the rescue. that militia helped to ferry 31 americans and the body of sean smith out the back gate in armored cars to a house a mile away rented by the u.s. government. shortly afterwards it too came under fierce attack. what we still don't know is how back at the compound ambassador stevens got separated from his security detail only to be found dead or dying just after midnight by the crowd. suspicions for the attack have focused on a powerful i
current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately, are readily available in postrevolutionary libya. and it escalated into a much more violent episode. obviously, that's our best judgment now. we'll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear we'll work with the libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice. >> was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether it's an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure adequately protect u.s. embassies and installations from a spontaneous reaction like this? >> david, i don't think so. first of all, we had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack o
benghazi, libya, after the deadly embassy attack there. this comes as protests rage in 11 countries. a live look from cairo, egypt, this morning. crowds still gathered outside the u.s. embassy. news 4's melissa mollet live with the latest of the situation on the ground. >> these demonstrations continue overseas. so far more than 200 people have been injured in the protests at 11 u.s. compounds. there have been explosions and fires overnight at the u.s. embassy in cairo. protests have expired to libya and egypt to yemen, iran, and iraq, and officials expect more protests today. the protests over a film made here in the u.s. blasting is many la. police are investigating the man who posted the video online. he is on probation and not supposed to be on the internet. fbi agents have gone to investigate the attacks overseas. there are now four people in custody for the attacks that killed u.s. ambassador to libya christopher stevens. sean smith, tyrone woods, and officer glen doherty were also killed. a bulletin released warning first responders of the potential for large protests in u.s. cities.
and three other state department employees in benghazi, libya. the attack on the u.s. consulate there may have been motivated in part by an american-made internet video that ridicules islam. nancy cordes is at the u.n. tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, the president today delivered an extended defense of free speech rights here at the u.n. in an address that appeared to be aimed at leaders from the muslim world. >> i would like to begin today by telling you about an american named chris stevens. >> reporter: the president told world leaders today that the slain u.s. ambassador to libya, chris stevens, had gone to benghazi to establish a cultural center and help modernize a hospital. >> today we must declare that this violence and intolerance has no place among our united nations. >> reporter: it's still unclear what motivated the terrorist attack, but president obama focused on that anti-muslim video made in california, explaining why the u.s. can't and won't ban a movie that mr. obama himself described as "crude and disgusting." >> i know that not all countries in this body share this
, the administration's stance, for example, on what exactly happened in benghazi has recently changed. i wonder how that might impact this debate. >> i would be shocked if there wasn't some questioning from that either from the moderators or at least perhaps some attention drawn to it by mitt romney. this is a huge issue for the president, is his policy working in north africa, in the middle east? what happened there? did the administration tell the truth? if they didn't tell the truth, why didn't they tell the truth? i absolutely expect this to be part of the debate. the idea that the president is somehow not practiced to speak in public or engage in public debate baugs he hasn't had more than a few days in nevada to prepare is a little ridiculous. >> jonathan, with obama's lead widening in the polls, how important are these debates in your view for romney? more specifically, how important is the first debate? >> each of these debates is an opportunity for romney to try to shake up the race. if you look at the polling in pretty much every swing state right now, there are a couple of exceptions, mi
americans killed last week in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. mourners leaned the streets of dougherty's home town, winchester, massachusetts. that's his childhood home where the hearse stopped briefly. doherty was 42, a former navy seal. he was part of a security team for ambassador chris city ofeps who was also killed in the attack. there are still a lot of unanswered questions about the attack that killed the four americans. elizabeth palmer has been investigating on the ground in benghazi, and that's where she jones us this evening. elizabeth, we were told initially that the four americans were killed as part of a riot over that anti-islamic film that was produced in america that has caused so much unrest in the middle east. but what have you been finding out? >> reporter: most people we talk to,ing including neighbors around the consulate, say there was absolutely no demonstration, that in fact, the attack began when a group of armed men, as many as 100, showed up at the same time at both the compound's main gate and began firing, both with guns and also w
. arrests have been made in connection with tuesday's deadly attacks on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. more from tripoli this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. officials have arrested suspects and they have several more under surveillance across the eastern part of the country, but they are not shedding any light as to who these individuals are and what role they may have played in the deadly atta. what we do know is according to libyan officials some of these individuals have been taken into custody after footage emerged at the protest which officials here say was essentially the cover that was exploited by militant groups. they are convinced so far that this was not simple police an outburst or a spontaneous outburst of anger against an anti-islamic film that appeared in the u.s., but rather a coordinated planned attack that way exploited by militant groups perhaps affiliated with al qaeda in the eastern part of libya. >> all right. that report from tripoli this morning with the latest. thank you. it's 7:03. here's david. >>> thank you. the violent anti-am
and am bas der stevens died in benghazi, libya. the pentagon is moving two warships. they don't have a specific mission but give the military more flexibility to launch any mission president obama should order. the president won't say if he's thinking of military action but he's vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts and bring them to justice. >> president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue to work with the u.s. to ensure diplomats are safe. >>> mitt romney is standing by his campaign's criticism of the white house's response to the libyan attacks. right now, he is preparing for a rally. romney will campaign at van dyke park and fairfax. megan mcgrath is live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. you can see all the people that gathered at van dyke park. the candidate himself, mitt romney has not arrived. we are expecting him shortly. he's been criticized about the statements about u.s. diplomats and criticizing the obama
in benghazi but secretary clinton will give a classified account of the attacks on the u.s. consulate in libya. witnesses tell cbs news that there was never an anti-american protest outside of the consulate. instead they say it came under planned attack. that's in direct contradiction to the administration's account of the incident. it comes at a time when there are calls for more information from capitol hill and complaints that the administration has not been forthright. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security for all of the american personnel at that consulate given the high threat environment. >> reporter: now, under law state must establish a panel to investigate the attacks, report to congress within 60 days. today secretary of state hillary clinton will outline what she is and is not willing to share. what's clear, charlie is that the public won't get a detailed account of what happened until after the presidential election. >> margaret, brennan thank you. john miller is with us. good morning. who is this man? >> he's a former al qaeda member who was in guanta
hearings right now. how could an ambassador be in benghazi, the hot bed of anti-american sentiment in libya, "how could he be there on 9/11 with no security? this entire incident makes no sense. and yes, i think romney should be demanding the president tells the american people the truth. >> schieffer: do you think mitt romney has to move a little more towards the center here as we come toward the election? >> i think mitt romney has to move to clarity in drawing the contrast between the two futures. there is a obama stagnation future. we had information this last week that we're drifting into another recession, which to go into a recession off of 8% unemployment could easily mean you end up with 12% or 13% unemployment. and yet, all sort of indicators-- there was a very compelling economic analysis that we're drifting into another recession because of obama. there has to be a contrast between a romney recovery and obama stagnation, and frankly it's not right or left. it's common sense getting the country back to work, having an american energy policy. north dakota has 2.7% unemployment. th
. the department wouldn't say whether there had been a threat. earlier this month, the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, was attacked and burned, and ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed. that attack took place amid violent protests that broke out over an internet movie that ridiculed islam. well, late today, the filmmaker, was arrested in los angeles. federal prosecutors say that by uploading the film on the internet, he violated the terms of his probation on a previous check fraud conviction. iowa kicked off the primary and caucus season. well, today it became th first battleground state to in the general election. at least 400,000 iowans are expected to vote before election day, november 6. in other battleground states, voting begins in colorado october 22, more than two million people are expected to cast early ballots there. in florida, balloting starts october 27 with more than four million early voters expected. john dickerson is in our washington bureau. he's our political director. and, john, i wonder what impact does all this early voting have on the campaigns
that the libyan government is very reluctant to have a team of a couple of dozen fbi people going to benghazi, when the only people they could get to protect them are militias, and they know that the crime scene is long ago compromised, trampled through. it may or may not yield anything terribly important and if it does, if will yield it later. it is a difficult situation. >> any more information on the question of how much this may have been a preplanned attack? >> there is. and i think you have kind of put your thumb on the pulse of the problem there. in -- in these groups, we look for -- we want a wiring diagram, an organized picture, with al qaeda who ordered it. this group assisted. the problem is, the lines have blurred between these groups and their members. an sawar sharia are popping up in all of these countries. not al qaeda, but they are reading from the al qaeda narrative and they are influenced by formerly influential extremists in al qaeda. the actual truth, the picture isn't that clear, but we can piece it together and it's not satisfying the people who you can attach this atta
there they say is off limits because of an intelligence matter. according to the fbi isn't even in benghazi yet. they haven't secured that site is how journalists can wander through. >> the "new york times" reporting a major story attack in libya was a major blow to cia efforts, that was an important place and they were watching some important terrorist activity and those cia agents have been compromised in terms of their ability to do what they wanted to do. >> i'm sure there are many agencies active in that area, so responsibility for security for the ambassador and his staff falls on diplomatic security which is part of the state department, which is why they are under fire and why there's so much pressure to fill in some of the blanks. journalists are trying to do that. the state department has to produce a report in 60 days to congress. it's not clear how detailed that information will be. >> a lot more news. >>> southern california firefighters are battling two fast-moving wildfires. one near los angeles and east of san diego near the mexican border on the campo indian reservation. no inj
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